After a busy few months crafting our new album we are now gearing up for the festival season it is going to be a fun packed Summer which is looking good for festival bouncing, first up is GLASTONBURY on the brilliant Glade Stage on SUNDAY 26 JUNE at 17:20, from there we head to Readipop on the Saturday 9 July and then to Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival on Sunday 17 July. On Saturday 23 July we head to North-East Wales for Llangollen Fringe Festival, then the next day Sunday 24 July are at Deerstock in Nottinghamshire. AUGUST is a busy month for us, first up on Saturday 6th is VW Whitenoise near Thetford, then onto Farmer Phils Festival near Shrewsbury on Saturday 13th August. On Saturday 20th August we grace the stage of Beautiful Days in Devon then head straight off to play at Weyfest on Sunday 21 August in Farnham. Bank Holiday weekend we head off up north to play Solfest in Solway,Cumbria on Friday 26th August, then a quick jump over to Bedale in North Yorkshire for Great Northern Mod & Ska Festival on Saturday 27 and last show of August on Sunday 28 August we head down to West Somerset to perform at Watchet festival. Last shows for the festival season are Jersey Live on Sunday 4 September and then on Saturday 10 September to close the season we play at Undercover Festival in Brighton.
After another great summer of festival escapades the autumn tour looms large again with the latest update from the zone. A new (re issue) album is out now, ‘Sound’ our 4th album from 2001, with bonus tracks on digital, CD and double heavyweight vinyl will be available on our tour along with the return of the Sound t-shirt and sweatshirts from the merch plus other goodies! The tour will feature a fair few tracks from that album and a couple of surprises, see all tour dates below
RE-ISSUED & REMASTERED SOUND is OUT NOW on CD, Double Heavyweight Vinyl and Digital. Our fourth album, it features contributions from Earl 16, Brinsley Forde and MC Det with lyrical input from Don Letts, who also coined the album title and has written sleeve notes for this new re issue. It’s also notable for the first appearance of MC Spee on the opening tune Return of the Dread. This remastered release features bonus remixes from Soul of Man and Drumattic Twins.
2015 is properly up and running now with the highly anticipated FIRE IN THE DARK release OUT NOW, after gaining 180k hits on UKF the Teddy Killerz awesome remix spearheads this package which includes mixes from Bazil and King Dread.
The EP is out now via itunes HERE and with a limited number of signed 12” Vinyl HERE.
Also, to mark 21 years of Dreadzone, here is a mix that links the more dancefloor sounds of dread together in a chronological order to tell our story from house and techno through to breaks and dubstep featuring remixes from the likes of Underworld, William Orbit, Soul of Man and Trolley Snatcha. Listen now https://soundcloud.com/gregdread/dread21mix
As we move into the final week of a fantastic autumn/winter tour connecting with all the dread massive we are reminded of previous years of escapades on the road and still keeping it as exciting as ever, joining the dots between the festival field and the dance halls up and down the country on a never ending road of life love and unity.
It’s been a great year for shows, no releases but… We do have some great things lined up for the start of next year – ‘Fire in the Dark’ as a second single release from Escapades with some killer remixes – a mighty Teddy Killerz mix which is already blowing up on UKF with nearly 100k hits in ten days LISTEN HERE
Dreadzone’s very own Bazil dropping a deep bass dnb roller and King Dread (aka Greg Dread and King Yoof) with a ‘rumours riddim’ reggae mix. Along with a radio edit it will be on vinyl and digital from 25 Jan 2015 – you can pre order your copy HERE
We will follow this with a re-issue release of our 2001 album Sound especially remastered with bonus tracks which will be available on vinyl cd and digital. We have been dropping some tunes from this album in the set and plan to put some more in as we continue to refresh the live show which starts again at the end of February, dates and links are below
The Dreadzone Soundsystem shows take over as usual in the first part of the year with shows in Prague, London and the south west, some with Earl 16 joining us. We have a new page for the Dreadzone Soundsystem with details of all the shows which start with a pre Christmas party on the 23rd December in Malvern and then a double header on New years Eve in Plymouth and Bristol, Info HERE
So another year comes to a close with so many happy memories of 2014..big ups from all in the Zone – Spee, Leo, Earl, Bazil, Chris, Loki, Simon, Thom, and myself .. We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a great New Year !
After a great summer festival season including some amazing shows at Glastonbury, Larmer Tree, Beautiful Days and more, this week sees the start of our proper Autumn tour which will take us up to the end of the year.
We started with a return to Ireland to take in a couple of shows in Cork and Galway last week then this week the mainland lifts off with Sub89 in Reading and Rock City Nottingham and will continue with shows up and down the country.
Ten more UK shows before festival season begins for us in May. Check out the live dates page for a full list of where we’re going to be over the coming months – shows include return visits to Brighton, Croydon and Holmfirth. We’re going to be playing at a few UK festivals this Summer (more to be announced) and heading into Europe as well.
Happy New Year……..part two of the Escapades tour starts next month in London at the Jazz Cafe on 13 February and then takes the band to Paris and Amsterdam before shows around the UK. Hope to see you somewhere along the way. Check out the live dates page for full list of where we’re going to be plus festivals announced so far that we’ll be at this Summer.
As we move into November the Escapades tour is fully underway with packed houses and happy bouncing people. As well as our new album we are also celebrating 20 years of Dreadzone this year and have marked this by making a short film with Scratch Pictures, the same team behind our ‘Too Late’ video with Mick Jones
The new film features interviews, footage and music covering our beginnings and progression through Dreadzone history and up to the present day, well worth 10 minutes of your time….